Brynjar Sigurðarson on the relationship between objects and stories

The Design Indaba #GlobalGrad alumnus has been awarded with the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize 2018.

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Product designer Brynjar Sigurðarson is interested in how objects and stories are related. In this quirky and humorous Pecha Kucha talk at Design Indaba Conference 2012, Sigurðarson speaks about making a fictional character so that he can also make the objects around the character. He created a backpack resembling an animal to help his fictional character while hunting in the woods. The backpack allows easy transportation of objects needed for hunting while attracting other animals. He further tells a story of a man and his coffee mug on a fishing boat in Iceland. 

Brynjar adds the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize onto a string of awards he's achieved, inlcuding the Swiss Design Awards and Swarovski Designer of the Future Award at Design Miami/Basel. Funded by the Torsten Söderberg Foundation, this is the world's biggest design prize, with a prize amount of SEK 1 million. Its aim is to promote arts, crafts and design in the Nordic regions. 

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